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Masterplan
Masterplan
36
36
hectare site
Access
Access
Enhanced public right of way & accessible paths
Amenities
Amenities
Publicly accessible cafe & pavilion building
472.000
472.000
sq ft of soundstages
5
5
Dedicated 5 acre backlot
410.000
410.000
sq ft of workshops
2
2
2 multi-story car parks. 1,108 spaces across the scheme
280.000
280.000
sq ft of offices
270
270
Over 270 cycle spaces
29.450
29.450
sq ft studio hub
Culture
Culture
and skills academy building
1.500
1.500
sq ft community building
The Masterplan
  1. Located alongside the A404 dual carriageway.
  2. Southern half of the site is left largely undeveloped, leaving more than 25 acres of the site and the waterbodies for quiet recreation and nature.
  3. Area for quiet recreation retained near the existing homes, with permissive paths.
  4. Area for wildlife retained around the backlot, assisting in views from Winter Hill.
  5. Area for outside filming, known as a backlot.
  6. Trees retained around the site.
  7. Access to Westhorpe House Apartments and Westhorpe Park Homes maintained largely as now.
  8. Solar panels and green roofs on all large soundstages.
  9. Public Right of Way retained on its current route across the site and enhanced for cycling.
  10. Ponds and swales on site to retain water and assist flooding.
  11. Security. This is well-set within the site and uses non-intrusive measures to avoid queuing back to the road, such as booking vehicles in advance and using advanced number plate recognition technology.
  12. Entrance square open to the public, hosting a public bus interchange.
  13. A new public bus service will run from High Wycombe to Maidenhead, featuring a Marlow to Elizabeth Line journey in 20 mins.
  14. A new public bus service will run around Marlow including stops in local communities and Bourne End.
  15. Two multi storey car parks, which will be ready to go electric over time starting with 20% of spaces with EV chargers, and car journeys capped at 60%.
  16. Existing pedestrian or cycling connections.
  17. Enhanced pedestrian and cycle route across Westhorpe Junction.
  18. New pedestrian and cycle route between Volvo Bridge and the Marlow Road.
  19. Existing Lake-side footpath retained largely as now.
  20. Poplars retained.
  21. New Community Building available for hire by local groups.
  22. Culture and Skills Academy providing space for on-site training, and available for community use out of hours.
  23. Studio Hub providing a creative facility to film makers, with ticketed events open to the public.
  24. Incubator space for new businesses.
  25. 60 acres adjacent to Spade Oak Lake contributing to the Country Park vision, used for biodiversity and new paths and cycle routes, less than a mile from the site.
  26. New off-highway cycle route to Bourne End.
  27. A new path connecting the existing circular route around the lake to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty north of the Marlow Road.

Building Clusters & Flexibility
Four independent clusters with each able to operate individually or together providing capacity to cater for multiple concurrent productions. This critical mass supports the on-site training facility – the Culture and Skills Academy.

Green Integration
Landscaping includes swales and ponds, planted with native species and ‘living-green’ roofs to support insects and invertebrates. Both have slow water runoff, so there is no increased risk from flooding. Smaller workshop buildings with a saw-tooth roof detail will break up the larger sound stages from more distant views.

The Studio Hub & Active Streetscape
In contrast to many existing film studios the development offers a vibrant environment with the main square containing amenities for the occupiers, and a Studio Hub providing a creative facility for filmmakers with ticketed events open to the public.

Recreational Routes
The existing public right of way across the site is retained on its current alignment, and enhanced for cycling, and the existing informal path next to Westhorpe Lake will be retained, along with the adjacent area being maintained for quiet recreation. New links are provided including a section off-highway between Little Marlow towards Bourne End.

Building Clusters & Flexibility
Four independent clusters with each able to operate individually or together providing capacity to cater for multiple concurrent productions. This critical mass supports the on-site training facility – the Culture and Skills Academy.

Green Integration
Landscaping includes swales and ponds, planted with native species and ‘living-green’ roofs to support insects and invertebrates. Both have slow water runoff, so there is no increased risk from flooding. Smaller workshop buildings with a saw-tooth roof detail will break up the larger sound stages from more distant views.

The Studio Hub & Active Streetscape
In contrast to many existing film studios the development offers a vibrant environment with the main square containing amenities for the occupiers, and a Studio Hub providing a creative facility for filmmakers with ticketed events open to the public.

Recreational Routes
The existing public right of way across the site is retained on its current alignment, and enhanced for cycling, and the existing informal path next to Westhorpe Lake will be retained, along with the adjacent area being maintained for quiet recreation. New links are provided including a section off-highway between Little Marlow towards Bourne End.
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Workshop & Office 01
A mixed-use workshop and office building with a distinctive multi-pitched roof. The building type is located in several places, with two or three storeys and external terrace space. Organised as ground floor workshops with a further level of workshop or office above.
Office 01
Workshop & Office 02
A mixed-use workshop and office building with a unique sawtooth roof. The building type consists of two or three stories. Organised as ground floor workshops with a further level of workshop or office above.
Office 02
Workshop & Office 03
A mixed-use workshop and office building in a rectilinear modular form. Accommodation is over three floors, the ground floor provides workshop space, level one is flex space designed to be either workshop or office with level two providing office space.
Office 03
Workshop & Office 04
A headquarter typology over three levels with a rooftop pavilion.
Office 4
Workshop & Office 06
Smaller workshop buildings split to provide double height workshops and two floors of office space.
Office 06
Soundstage
These buildings provide large internal column-free space together with integrated support accommodation.

The flat roofs include living green roofs which combine water management and supporting insect life together with the installation of photovoltaic cells for the generation of electricity.
New Soundstage
AMENITY PAVILIONS
Elegant single storey buildings will provide café space together with activity and animation of the streetscape.
Amenity Pavillion
A Pavillion
Entrance Square
This consists of three buildings which surround a landscaped square. The space is located close to the main entrance and north carpark where visitors and most staff who work on the site will park. It also includes a café and the mobility hub that houses cycling facilities, showers, changing rooms, creche, fitness and health facilities. It is a public square and will provide a public transport interchange between the two bus routes that the Studios will be providing, as well as cycle and scooter hire.
Entrance Square
Studio Hub
The Studio Hub will be a primary point of focus for filmmakers on the site. The building houses screening rooms, exhibition space, cafes, restaurants and HQ office accommodation. The sculpted form of the building with its raking upper level and distinctive mullions arrayed around the main elevation will create a distinct point of visual interest particularly for the public using the Public Right of Way that crosses through the development. There will be ticketed events open to the public.
Studio Hub Master 01
Studio Hub 03
Studio Hub 04
Culture & Skills Academy
The Culture and Skills Academy building is located to the south in a quiet location from the main filmmaking activities. The main form of the building has two complimentary wings with an enclosed courtyard space for various functions to open out onto. The accommodation offers space for large groups of people for talks, seminars, and exhibitions. It will host the traineeship as well as being available for community use out of hours.
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Plot 043
Plot 044
Back Lot
The most southerly part of the site will provide an area of five acres for external filming and 15 acres of tree and scrub planning that will be maintained for wildlife.
Plot 05
Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Marlow Film Studios (ref: 22/06443/FULEA).

I am writing in support of the application for Marlow Film Studios, a film studio planned on former landfill next to the A404, within the parish of Little Marlow.

Despite the poor condition of the site, it is in the Metropolitan Green Belt. I understand that because of this designation, special reasons are needed for planning permission to be granted on this site. Looking objectively, I believe the positive benefits substantially overcome any negative issues.

Jobs and Careers

Providing sustainable jobs and careers are important for the long-term prosperity of any community. For local people, this should be a key determinant in judging the appropriateness of this application.

This project stands to be one of Bucks’ most meaningful investments in employment and local infrastructure. It is also a key to unlocking the potential in the local creative economy. Many of today’s young people are drawn to employment in this sector. This will be an iconic, world-leading facility that will attract other businesses to the area. For local people, particularly those of employment age, this project offers real hope for the longer term in providing investment into the local community.

Bucks’ global role

Marlow Film Studios will give Bucks and the UK a continuing competitive advantage, supported by local jobs and talent. The UK Government have recently reinforced this with a £10m contribution to the expansion to the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield.

Bucks can truly lay claim to global leadership in the creative economy. But to underpin this, we need to develop the pipeline of local creative talent to tackle the skills shortage that the industry needs to address, particularly in technology. The Studios have made clear and costed commitments as part of their application. Embedded in their plans are strong links to the local educational community, bridging the industry, local talent, and the creative sector.

Diversity

For local people, the Studios will also be close to one of the more culturally diverse parts of Buckinghamshire. Around 25% of High Wycombe’s population is from the non-White British community, including those of Indian, Afro-Caribbean, Pakistani heritage. The Studios’ partnerships with institutions such as Buckinghamshire College Group will provide access points to the creative economy for an under-represented diverse community as part of Wycombe’s regeneration challenge.

Environment and design

As to the buildings themselves, the Marlow Film Studios’ design puts great emphasis on providing a well-designed and landscaped environment with new cycle and walking routes. In the last 80 years, the site has seen considerable degradation from being a prisoner of war camp, mineral workings, the A404 construction, to the disposal of thousands of tons of landfill waste. The creation of new spaces improving wildlife and plant diversity is an exciting opportunity as part of this project.

Traffic and Transport

Being immediately off the A404 Westhorpe roundabout, the Studios also represent a rare chance to fund necessary upgrades to local transport constraints. The way the 50-year-old Westhorpe interchange operates causes increasing jams on the high-speed road with dangerous consequences. The Westhorpe improvements offered by the Studios will provide a better operating, safer network.

The transport proposals, prepared in discussion with Buckinghamshire Council, also improve connectivity. The creation of a new hub for fully funded new public bus services link to the Elizabeth Line and Wycombe for longer-distance journeys.

Conclusion

I accept that the construction of any major global facility comes with pluses and minuses, but in the case of the Marlow Film Studios I believe the strong benefits robustly and significantly outweigh the negative considerations, and so I strongly support the planning application.
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